Thompson High School
|Thompson High School|
|District||Alabaster City Schools|
|Colors||red, black & white|
|Location||1921 Warrior Parkway|
Thomas Carlyle Thompson, chairman of Buck Creek Mill, donated the land for a new high school in the Siluria vicinity, to be operated as part of the Shelby County Schools system. Local citizens joined the mill owner in funding construction, and the new school opened on October 3, 1921. A second 8-room brick schoolhouse was constructed in 1949-50. The original building was destroyed in a January 25, 1951 fire and soon replaced by a brick structure added onto the newly-constructed classroom annex. The new school was completed in 1952.
The 1952 building was replaced with a new campus, which graduated its first class in the spring of 1988. The adjoining Larry Simmons Stadium was dedicated on October 30, 1992. The 1952 building was remodeled in 2009 as the Linda Nolen Learning Center, now the Thompson Sixth Grade Center.
The Alabaster City Council voted on October 17, 2011 to form a separate school district, and appointed five citizens to the new Alabaster Board of Education on March 5, 2012. The district officially split on July 1, 2013 with Thompson as the system's only high school.
Planning for a replacement high school building began soon afterward. It is located a mile away from the previous campus, between Thompson Road and Kent Dairy Road. McKee & Associates of Montgomery was commissioned to prepare the architectural design for a campus with 103 classrooms, 21 laboratories, an auditorium, media center, 625-seat lunchroom, 2,500-seat arena-style gym, 500-seat practice gym, and a vocational wing with engineering and health science equipment. Storm shelters were provided in interior areas of the building. The interior finishes are predominantly gray with accents in the school's colors of red, white and black.
An adjacent athletic complex includes a football stadium, separate soccer, softball and baseball fields, a golf practice area, and indoor facilities for weight training, track & field, and athletic department offices and storage.
The $88 million project was financed through a municipal bond issue.
'Tween the hills of Old Siluria,
Nestles Thompson High.
Hail to thee, our Alma Mater,
Neath the Southern skies.
Long between the walls we’ve lingered,
All with kindred minds.
We, to thee, and to each other,
Find a tie that binds.
Soon we’ll leave thee, Thompson High School
As the years roll by.
And we’ll always hold thy banner
Upward to the sky.
Thompson! Thompson! Dear Old Thompson,
True to thee we’ll be.
We will always love and honor,
- Jesse Richardson, 1921
- J. R. Slaughter, 1922
- Wright Slaughter, 1923-1930
- James Harmon, 1930-1936
- James Castleberry, 1936-1938
- William Poe, 1938-1941
- Leon Hicks, 1941-1942
- Curtis Matthews, 1942-1944
- O.T. Weeks Sr, 1944-1948
- Robert Johnson Jr, 1948-1954
- Larry Simmons
- Daniel Steel, current
- Jim Davenport, 1952, Major League Baseball player
- Buddy Glasgow, Shelby County Sheriff
- Rex Hollis, 1952, restaurateur
- Rebecca Luker, 1979, actress
- Dian McCray, 1967, artist, educator & author
- Sonny Penhale, Mayor of Helena
- James Redfield, 1968, author
- Seales, Bobby Joe (n.d.) "Thompson High School", Shelby County Pages at rootweb.ancestry.com
- Edgemon, Erin (May 5, 2017) "Alabaster delays opening of new $88 million high school." The Birmingham News
- Gatheny, Bob (December 28, 2017) "Look inside Alabaster's new $68 million Thompson High School." The Birmingham News
- Thompson High School at alabasterschools.org